Writing Samples

September 5, 2016

I am a product of the arts. I was raised in dance studios and art classrooms as much as in my own home. I started dancing at four years old, began creating visual art even earlier, and played piano for years. I attended an arts school for s...

September 24, 2015

As a dance major, you delve into more obscure and philosophical topics of conversation than an outsider might expect. You find yourself discussing the validity of various metaphors used to describe anatomical structure and physiology. You q...

January 25, 2015

Reminiscence can be treacherous. In a time where external hard drives carry volume upon volume of family photos, the Internet acts as an unburied time capsule, and self-publishing is commonly practiced, it is all too easy to remind ourselve...

September 6, 2014

Whenever I realize a change within myself, I feel I’m experiencing a unique brand of epiphany. It’s akin to that glimmer of excitement that stirs when I notice a new blossom blooming on a household plant. Had I watched carefully enough, I c...

December 14, 2013

Rehearsal has an unwavering hold on the life of a dancer. Casting, learning choreography, setting formations, scraping everything only to return to the original, incorporating acting, cleaning entrances and exits, working with props and cos...

December 13, 2013

I was recently witness to some incredible blasphemy. It was the sort that retains its initial shock value indefinitely, running through the memory like bright white scar tissue. Recollection of the insult leaves me sick in my stomach and ev...

November 12, 2013

There are two words dancers abhor above all others. This single pair of syllables plops unceremoniously from the tongue, so heavy with revulsion that they threaten to dent the floor boards as they fall. These words foreshadow an intense and...

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